Paul Monies
Business Energy Reporter

Paul Monies is an energy reporter for The Oklahoman. He has worked at newspapers in Texas and Missouri and most recently was a data journalist for USA Today in the Washington D.C. area. Monies also spent nine years as a business reporter and database editor for The Oklahoman. He is a native of Scotland who graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, and has a master’s degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.


  • Most parties in rate case offer partial settlement, but OG&E disagrees

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. disagrees with the partial settlements offered by most of the intervening parties in its $92.5 million rate case and said its plan is to let the three-member Oklahoma Corporation Commission decide the issue.

  • Oklahoma landowners register private airstrips to keep wind farms at bay

    Oklahoma landowners register private airstrips...

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 22, 2016

    The rush to register airstrips is part of the fallout from a state law passed last year that put in siting regulations on wind turbines. Senate Bill 808 said the turbines had to be at least 1.5 nautical miles — 9,100 feet — from a school, hospital or airport. The law went into effect in November.

  • OGE shareholders eye solar, regulatory issues

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, May 19, 2016

    Oklahoma shareholders of OGE Energy Corp. quizzed executives on such topics as solar generation, battery storage and regulatory issues Thursday at the company's annual meeting.

  • Tax incentive, drilling changes still possible during legislative session

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, May 13, 2016

    Changes to energy incentives and another effort to expand horizontal drilling in Oklahoma are still up for debate in the closing days of the legislative session.

  • OG&E chief connects low rates with Oklahoma's economic development efforts

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 11, 2016

    Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.'s rates are 20 percent below the national average.

  • Oklahoma lawmakers consider scrapping ‘at-risk’ oil tax rebate

    By Adam Wilmoth and Paul Monies Business Writers | Published: Wed, May 11, 2016

    A state incentive for economically distressed oil and gas leases that has ballooned amid low prices could be cut in a deal that would extend horizontal-well development in Oklahoma.

  • Newfield to relocate most of Tulsa office positions

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, May 10, 2016

    About 50 Tulsa employees will lose their jobs, company says.

  • STACK excitement tempered by ongoing financial difficulties

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, May 10, 2016

    The NewsOK Energy team hosted their monthly chat Tuesday to discuss oil and gas updates and Oklahoma energy companies. Below is an unedited transcript from the chat.

  • OGE Energy profits dip in first quarter

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, May 5, 2016

    Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.'s customers will have their bills affected the next two years by the company's environmental and replacement generation projects, executives of the utility's parent company said Thursday.

  • Hearing focuses on legal fees in OG&E rate case

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Witnesses at the OG&E rate case said Wednesday that the utility's customers have been paying legal fees the past 11 years. OG&E found it should not have been including those legal fees in the average residential customer's bill.

  • Groups rally against Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.'s proposals in rate increase case

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Consumer and environmental advocates as well as those backing solar power rallied Tuesday at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission as a hearing began on Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.'s $92.5 million rate increase.

  • OG&E proposes major bill changes in residential customers' rate case

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. has proposed major billing changes that could double the standard residential customers' charge in its $92.5 million rate case that goes before the Oklahoma Corporation Commission beginning on Tuesday.

  • Oklahoma adds most wind in first quarter, report says

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    More wind power capacity was added in the first quarter in Oklahoma than any other state, a report by American Wind Energy Association disclosed Thursday. Oklahoma added almost 270 megawatts.

  • Oklahoma Corporation Commission approves OG&E's $500M coal scrubber plan

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.'s $500 million coal scrubber project at its Sooner plant to deal with tougher emissions regulations was approved Thursday by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission after it had rejected two previous plans.

  • Oklahoma Corporation Commission to review OG&E coal scrubber plan 3rd time

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    The Oklahoma Corporation Commission will deliberate at 1:30 p.m. Thursday on Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.'s third try to get approval for a $500 million coal scrubber plan.

  • Tax incentives for Oklahoma wind farms are getting scrutiny

    Tax incentives for Oklahoma wind farms are...

    By Paul Monies and Randy Ellis Staff Writers | Updated: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    Behind the glowing wind industry studies and doom-and-gloom predictions by wind incentive opponents are real questions about how existing Oklahoma tax incentives for wind energy are working and the long-term effects on Oklahoma's schools and Oklahoma's state budget.

  • Top property tax exemptions in Oklahoma for wind power, 2009-15

    Published: Sun, Apr 24, 2016

    Top property tax exemptions in Oklahoma for wind power, 2009-15.

  • Tax incentive glossary

    Published: Sat, Apr 23, 2016

    Terms used for tax-incentives in Oklahoma.

  • Oklahoma Corporation Commission votes to turn down OG&E's rooftop solar tariff plan

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Apr 13, 2016

    The Oklahoma Corporation Commission voted 3-0 against Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.'s rooftop solar tariff plan that would have changed the way bills are calculated. The commission signaled that it wasn't happy with its options in the distributed generation tariff.

  • Earthquakes, shaky finances discussed in energy chat

    Earthquakes, shaky finances discussed in energy...

    By Paul Monies and Adam Wilmoth | Updated: Tue, Apr 12, 2016

    The NewsOK Energy team hosted their monthly chat Tuesday to discuss oil and gas updates and Oklahoma energy companies. Below is an unedited transcript from the chat.




Paul Today at 5:11 PM RT @briOKC: SJR 68 is going on the ballot, just passed the house 64-30. Oklahomans will vote on wine and strong beer in grocery stores in N…
Paul Today at 3:43 PM How Can We Make You Happy Today, Peter Thiel? https://t.co/HFw98GZhqX (via @WIRED)
Paul Today at 2:03 PM RT @AmyAHarder: Donald Trump calls oil magnate Harold Hamm, who was Romney's energy adviser in 2012 race, "king of energy" and "my friend f…
Paul Today at 8:05 AM Sometimes you find deep, dark secrets at your mother-in-law's house. What's going on, @UTAustin grad @jmonies?!? https://t.co/oVmGXZENDp
Paul Today at 7:53 AM @BrettDOkc Well, not last time. He was unopposed.
Paul Tue, May. 24 2016 10:34:23 PM CST Thunder pulling a Leicester City with a 3-1 series lead. What were the odds on this? #5000to1?
Paul Tue, May. 24 2016 10:31:23 PM CST Neil Patrick Harris and a Lawyer* Pitch Heineken Light *Not an actual lawyer 😳 https://t.co/YvnheWsUz8
Paul Tue, May. 24 2016 04:09:16 PM CST Obama promised transparency. But his administration is one of the most secretive. https://t.co/S8Leu1RWGJ (by @Sulliview) #FOI
Paul Tue, May. 24 2016 04:03:23 PM CST @tolfoster I'm guessing the Tavern League has a lot of sway at your legislature?!?
Paul Tue, May. 24 2016 03:51:23 PM CST @tolfoster True. Kind of like Tolstoy and unhappy families.
Paul Tue, May. 24 2016 03:37:14 PM CST Good to see Oklahoma isn't the only state with some goofy liquor laws. This is Pennsylvania. https://t.co/deCoOngWb8
Paul Tue, May. 24 2016 02:56:01 PM CST @pmonies That second tab is now missing from the updated spreadsheet link. They must have realized it was in there.
Paul Tue, May. 24 2016 02:53:41 PM CST So a 2nd sheet in the OK budget agreement spreadsheet indicates much of this was worked out a month ago? https://t.co/RpRZSCca5a
Paul Tue, May. 24 2016 02:19:21 PM CST RT @consumerist: Anheuser-Busch, SABMiller’s $107B Merger Passes Major Hurdle, Gains European Approval https://t.co/W6nmx9AcHs
Paul Tue, May. 24 2016 02:04:42 PM CST Props for including a link to a spreadsheet, too. #data https://t.co/aUnIiam0vp
Paul Tue, May. 24 2016 01:46:45 PM CST If this is campaign-related, then why is House media issuing the advisory? https://t.co/wbBYWG4qUs
Paul Tue, May. 24 2016 12:01:15 PM CST RT @stlouisfed: Average price of a gallon of gasoline rises to $2.30, the highest since October https://t.co/AGKc7HaORf https://t.co/mlal5Z…
Paul Tue, May. 24 2016 11:55:28 AM CST Hi, {PR} #PRfail @SmugJourno https://t.co/aKuJbFO0aN
Paul Tue, May. 24 2016 11:30:03 AM CST RT @eCapitol_Senate: Budget does not include any savings from SB1620, a newly filed bill curbing the zero-emissions (wind) tax credit, per…
Paul Tue, May. 24 2016 11:19:33 AM CST RT @JournalRecord: NEW STORY: Remember that bill to end a tax credit for renewable energy that failed last week? It's back https://t.co/ZGB

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